dental flossing

Flossing for a Healthy Smile

We at TruDentisty of Tigard are always reminding our patients to floss their teeth on a regular basis. We do this because we have a strong commitment to preventive dental care. Flossing is a very important piece in your oral hygiene care. Regular flossing will make a big difference in maintaining your oral health.  Flossing is vital to the health of your teeth and gums.

What is Flossing?

Flossing is a simple use of a thin piece of string known as dental floss.  Floss is used to clean between your teeth and remove food particles and plaque.  It may seem like a small thing, but in all actuality, flossing keeps your teeth and gums healthy.

Why is Flossing Important?

When people eat, there are small particles of food that often get caught between your teeth.

These bits and pieces of food get trapped if they are not flossed out. They then turn into a feeding ground for harmful bacteria. By flossing, you can help to remove these food particles which will prevent the build up of plaque which is a sticky film of bacteria that can eventually do great harm to your teeth and gums.

Flossing for a healthy smile

Prevents Cavities

When you practice flossing you can reach areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t. As you floss, you can help prevent cavities from forming in the very hard to reach places in your mouth. When you floss regularly, you’re more likely to keep your teeth free from decay and cavities.

Maintains Healthy Gums

Your gums and teeth both benefit from regular dental floss use. But if you choose not to floss, plaque can start to build up along the gumline.  This can lead to inflammation of the gums and gums may even begin to bleed. If this continues, it can lead to even more serious conditions known as gum disease or periodontal disease. And it can also lead to tooth loss.  When you floss daily, you can help your gums to stay pink and healthy, rather than red and inflamed.

Freshens Your Breath

Bacteria that form in your mouth when you don’t floss can create bad breath. And as the bacteria begins to break down the food particles, it can release a very unpleasant order. When you floss and remove the bits of food, you help keep your breath fresh.

How to Floss Properly

Flossing is easy, and it doesn’t take much time. Here’s how to do it:

Take a piece of dental floss about 18 inches long.

Wrap the ends around your fingers, leaving about 1-2 inches of floss to work with.

Gently slide the floss between your teeth using a back-and-forth motion.

Curve the floss into a “C” shape and glide it along the side of each tooth, going below the gumline.

Use a clean section of floss for each tooth to avoid spreading bacteria.

Be gentle to avoid injuring your gums.

Flossing is a simple yet essential habit for maintaining a healthy smile. It helps remove food particles, plaque, and prevents cavities while keeping your gums in good condition. By being proactive, and taking just a few minutes each day to floss, you can have fresher breath and enjoy better oral health.